YAMAMOTO KYďSHIRď I

Stage names:

Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I [1] In Japanese
Yamamoto K˘shir˘ In Japanese
Yamamoto Hachiroemon In Japanese

Line number: SHODAI (I)

Poetry name: Kajű (?)

Existence: 1700 ~ 20th day of the 10th lunar month of 1764 [2]

Connection:

Adoptive father: Yamamoto Hikogor˘

Son: Yamamoto Iwanoj˘

Disciple: Yamamoto Shichiz˘

Career:

1700: born in ďsaka. He get married with the daughter of Yamamoto Hikogor˘, originally a ky˘gen actor who became a Kabuki actor. He was adopted by his father-in-law and received the name of Yamamoto Hachiroemon. Later on, he took the name of Yamamoto K˘shir˘.

11th lunar month of 1724: K˘shir˘ performed in Ky˘to as a jitsuaku in the kaomise drama "ďjigawa Kogane no Mizuguruma".

11th lunar month of 1725: he became zamoto in ďsaka and took the name of Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I [1], producing at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "H˘raisan Imose no Matsu", which celebrated the shűmei of Nakamura Shirogor˘ II and Yamashita Kamenoj˘ II.

11th lunar month of 1727: Ky˘shir˘ produced at the Naka no Shibai the kaomise drama "Imosegami Aioi no Futabayama".

9th lunar month of 1728: last production as zamoto; Ky˘shir˘ produced at the Naka no Shibai the drama "Aioi Makura Kanae Otoko".

1st lunar month of 1729: Ky˘shir˘ and his father Yamamoto Hikogor˘ went together to Edo; they performed at the Moritaza in the drama "Higashiyama Ch˘seiden".

11th lunar month of 1729: Ky˘shir˘ played at the Moritaza the role of Kamei Rokur˘ in the kaomise drama "Yahagi no Ch˘ja Kogane no Ishizue".

Fall 1730: Ky˘shir˘ went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1730: Ky˘shir˘ played at the Kado no Shibai the role of Nakatsugawa J˘suke in the kaomise drama "Matsukane Fukki no Ishizue".

Fall 1739: Ky˘shir˘ went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1739: Ky˘shir˘ played at the Nakamuraza the role of Sano Gent˘ta in the kaomise drama "Miyakozome Kaoru Hachinoki"; his stage partners were Sawamura S˘jűr˘ I, Ichikawa Danz˘ I, Nakamura Shichisabur˘ II, Segawa Kikujir˘ I and Nakamura Sukegor˘ I.

Fall 1740: Ky˘shir˘ went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1740: Ky˘shir˘ played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Tachibana Chikaranosuke in the kaomise drama "Yaguruma Yakata no Fuji"; his stage partners were Segawa Kikunoj˘ I, Nakamura Shingor˘ I, Nakayama Shinkur˘ I, Sanogawa Mangiku, Onoe Kikugor˘ I, Nakamura S˘jűr˘ and Arashi Shichigor˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1741: Ky˘shir˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, tachiyaku section, was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent).

11th lunar month of 1741: Ky˘shir˘ played at the ďnishi no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Bankoku Taiheiki", which welcomed in ďsaka the Edo actors Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II and Ichikawa Danjűr˘ III. It included the "Uir˘ Uri" scene and was produced by Sadoshima Ch˘gor˘ I.

12th lunar month of 1741: Ky˘shir˘ played in the same theater the role of Kud˘ Saemon Suketsune in the drama "Yamato Ikioi Soga"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Ebiz˘ II (Soga Gor˘ Tokimune, Soga Jűr˘ Sukenari) and Onoe Kikugor˘ I (the courtesan Kewaizaka no Sh˘sh˘).

1st lunar month of 1742: Ky˘shir˘ played in the same theater the role of Hayashi Dennai in the drama "Narukami Fud˘ Kitayama Zakura" [casting]. The performance was a triumphant success and was extended up to the beginning of 7th lunar month of 1742.

Fall 1746: Ky˘shir˘ went to Edo.

11th lunar month of 1746: Ky˘shir˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Oni˘ Sh˘ji Saemon in the kaomise drama "Aioi Izu Nikki".

3rd lunar month of 1747: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" was performed for the first time in Edo, at the Ichimuraza; Ky˘shir˘ played the role of Shiratayű [casting].

11th lunar month of 1747: Ky˘shir˘ played at the Ichimuraza the role of Hasebe Ch˘bŕ in the kaomise drama "Shusse Momijigari".

11th lunar month of 1748: Ky˘shir˘ moved to the Moritaza, became zagashira and played in the kaomise drama "Fuyu Botan Yoshino Dairi", which celebrated the shűmei of Azuma T˘z˘ II.

2nd lunar month of 1749: the play "Kanadehon Chűshingura" was staged for the first time in Edo, at the Moritaza; Ky˘shir˘ played the role of ďboshi Yuranosuke.

11th lunar month of 1749: Ky˘shir˘ played at the Moritaza in Tsuuchi Jihŕ II's kaomise drama "Bijo Kurabe Kiso no Kakehashi", which celebrated the shűmei of Sawamura S˘jűr˘ II.

4th lunar month of 1750: the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" was produced at the Moritaza for the first time; Ky˘shir˘ played the role of Takebe Genz˘ [casting].

Fall 1751: Ky˘shir˘ went to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1751: Ky˘shir˘ played in Ky˘to in the kaomise drama "Kaeribana Shinohara Gunki".

Fall 1752: Ky˘shir˘ went back to ďsaka.

11th lunar month of 1752: Ky˘shir˘ played at the ďnishi no Shibai the role of Wakanoura ďkura in the kaomise drama "Ky˘ Miyage Matsuri Zoroe"; his stage partners were Wakayama Shinkur˘, Wakayama Bunshichi, ďtani Hirohachi I, Iwata Somematsu I, Matsushima Kiyosaki, Ichimura Sanohachi, Kirishima Gizaemon, Kiriyama Monji I, Matsushima Moheiji, Takenaka Heikichi, Murayama Heijűr˘ IV and Nakamura Shirogor˘ III.

1st lunar month of 1756: Ky˘shir˘ was the kanjiku for tachiyaku actors in the ďsaka hy˘banki.

11th lunar month of 1758: Ky˘shir˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Sakata Kintoki in the kaomise drama "Shitenn˘ Chikara Kurabe"; his stage partners were Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Yamashita Matatar˘ I, Ichinokawa Hikoshir˘ II, Yoshizawa Sakinosuke II, Nakamura Kumetar˘ I and the zamoto Arashi Kichisabur˘ I.

1st lunar month of 1759: Ky˘shir˘'s rank in the ďsaka hy˘banki, "Kurokichi Shitenn˘" section ("the big four with the excellent character written in black"), was j˘-j˘-kichi (superior - superior - excellent). The 3 others actors, who belonged to this "big four" section, were Ichikawa Danz˘ III, Yamashita Matatar˘ I and Nakayama Shinkur˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1760: Ky˘shir˘ played at the Naka no Shibai the role of Miura no ďsuke in the kaomise drama "Miura no ďsuke Toshitoku M˘de", which was produced by Anegawa Shinshir˘ II.

6th lunar month of 1761: Ky˘shir˘ played in the same theater the role of Tsuribune Sabu in the drama "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami"; the roles of Danshichi Kurobŕ and Issun Tokubŕ were played by Fujikawa Heikur˘ and Fujikawa Hachiz˘ I. The former actor suddenly fell ill and had to replaced by the latter.

Fall 1761: Ky˘shir˘ moved to Ky˘to.

11th lunar month of 1761: Ky˘shir˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai the role of Hasebe Hy˘gonoshin in the kaomise drama "Hitomaru Banzei no Utena", which was produced by Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

11th lunar month of 1762: Ky˘shir˘ played at the Minamigawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Tenka Taihei Kogane no Kurairi", which was produced by Onoe Montar˘ and Sawamura Kunitar˘ I.

3rd lunar month of 1763: Ky˘shir˘ played in the same theater the roles of ďboshi Yuranosuke and Amakawaya Gihei in the drama "Kanadehon Chűshingura".

11th lunar month of 1763: Ky˘shir˘ played at the Kitagawa no Shibai in the kaomise drama "Sh˘chikubai ďshimadai".

1st lunar month of 1764: Ky˘shir˘ was the kanjiku for tachiyaku actors in the Ky˘to hy˘banki.

Fall 1764: Ky˘shir˘ went to Edo but he suddenly fell ill.

20th day of the 10th lunar month of 1764 [2]: Ky˘shir˘ died in Edo; his tombstone was located in the precincts of the J˘shinji temple in Edo in the district of Fukagawa.

Comments:

Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I was a leading ďsaka actor, who achieved fame for himself from the end of the Ky˘h˘ era to the H˘reki era not only in Kamigata but also in Edo where he made several successful stays. He was able to play a wide range of male roles as a tachiyaku, jitsuaku, oyajigata (in his latter years) or aragotoshi. Bud˘goto roles in jidaimono dramas were his forte. His most notable performance was ďboshi Yuranosuke in "Kanadehon Chűshingura". He perfectly delivered his lines with a great k˘seki.

[1] Was there any Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ II? The question is still open. In "Kabuki Jinmei Jiten", Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ II was recorded as a Kamigata actor, who settled in Edo in Fall 1795 and performed at the Miyakoza from the 11th lunar month of 1795 to the 7th lunar month of 1797. We've checked in the 1797 Edo hy˘banki and we've found only an actor named Kataoka Ky˘shir˘, a disciple of Kataoka Nizaemon VII.

[2] The 20th day of the 10th lunar month of the 1st year of the Meiwa era was the 13th of November 1764 in the western calendar.

Yamamoto Ky˘shir˘ I playing in the kaomise drama "Bankoku Taiheiki", which was staged in the 11th lunar month of 1741 at the ďnishi no Shibai

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